Recovery Certificates worth Rs 144852.62 lakh against 13 sugar mills issued
Ignoring interests of cane growers will not be tolerated at any cost : Chief Minister
Chief Minister meets a delegation of cane farmers and listens to their problems
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has said that any attempt to ignore the interests of cane growers in the state will not be allowed at any cost. Taking a serious view of the pending arrears of farmers, the Chief Minister also ordered stringent action against private
sugar mills for not releasing the dues they owe to the farmers.
Mr. Yadav also emphasised to officials the need of prompt redressal of problems faced by farmers at all levels of the state government and warned against any let up in this direction. The Chief Minister met a delegation led by Mr. Atul Pradhan at his 5, Kalidas Marg official residence. Giving this information, a government spokesman said that the Chief Minister heard out the farmers patiently and assured them that the state government was sensitive and serious towards their problems.
The Chief Minister also said that sugarcane was a cash crop and that the state government was seriously working towards increasing the sugarcane produce in the state. Efforts were on to ensure that the problems faced by cane growers were addressed on priority. And this, he added, included cent percent payments of the crop. The spokesman also informed that instructions had already been issued to sugar mill owners that cane farmers are not put to any inconvenience and that payment of crop is done immediately.
Mr. Yadav had also made it clear that strict action would be taken against sugar mills for not making payments. The spokesman pointed out that in accordance with the directives of the Chief Minister, recovery certificates of Rs. 144852.62 lakh against 13 sugar mills have been issued. These include Rs. 13408.19 lakh against Triveni Group in Muzaffarnagar, Mawana Group in Meerut (Rs. 15220.91 lakh), Modi Group in Baghpat (Rs. 28809.80 lakh) and Uttam Group in Saharanpur (Rs. 6481.87 lakh). Similar action has been taken against Bajaj Group Sugar Mills in Lakhimpur Kheri and Muzaffarnagar (Rs. 15599.98 lakh and Rs. 23481.47 lakh respectively), Simbhavali Group in Hapur (Rs. 8399.99 lakh), Wave group in Bijnore (Rs. 4069.06 lakh), Dhampur Group in Muzaffarnagar (Rs. 11023.28 lakh), Rana Group in Moradabad (Rs. 5756.31 lakh), Sahara Group in Hardoi (Rs. 2527.72 lakh), Yadu Sugar Group in Kasganj (Rs. 1761.78 lakh), Oon Sugar Group in Shamli (Rs. 8312.22 lakh).
According to the spokesman after the recovery certificates the state government would take all necessary steps for recovery. The spokesman also said that the State Government was committed to safeguarding interests of the sugarcane growers in the state and informed that in the past 31 FIRs have been lodged against private sugar mill owners and officials and action was being further taken on them. After the probe in these matters, as per rules action would be initiated, the spokesman pointed out.